Travelbiz E-Zine
13
April
2023

Tee it up for Helena

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Tee it up for Helena Crowley (Lee Travel Cork) who is organising a major fundraiser for (CUH) and the ITAA Robbie Smart fund.

NEW DATE: Monkstown Golf Club 17 August. Proceeds will go to the CUH physio team and the ITAA Robbie Smart Fund.

BOOK YOUR TEE TIME: Email: helenacrowley1234@gmail.com Or phone: O86 885 5411 today.

Support the Golf Classic, (€400 per team) Tee times: 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm, followed by a two-course meal.

Great friend and industry colleague Helena Crowley (Lee Travel Cork) is organising a major fundraiser for the physio team which helped her to walk again.

Helena spent five months in Cork University Hospital (CUH) after suffering paralysis in her hands and legs. Now, just over a year later, the keen golfer is drumming up support for a four-ball Golf Classic at Monkstown Golf Club on April 20th.

The funds raised will enable CUH Charity to buy new equipment for the hospital’s physio unit – which played a pivotal role in her recovery.

“It was St Stephen’s Day in 2021 when all the feeling in my legs went and I couldn’t stand up, I was getting worse and after two days, I called my friend Lucy McPolin, an occupational therapist, who said I needed to get to hospital”, Helena recalled.

An operation in Dublin’s Mater Hospital was followed by a five-month stint in CUH from early January until late May 2022.She was then sent to the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire for a further 10 weeks.

“Through all of this, it was CUH physio staff and particularly Colin Clarke who got me walking again and I decided that I wanted to do something to thank them”, said Lee Travel employee Helena, who previously worked with City Travel Cork and Sunworld Holidays.

“I was there during Covid and had few visitors, so I had to make friends with all the nurses and physios”!

The CUH physio team put her through her paces, using strengthening exercises, gym work and parallel bars. She got back on her feet last March and by November was finally able to walk unaided.

“I woke up one day, stood up, walked out of the bedroom into the bathroom and went ‘oh my God”!

“I’ve always been positive, I’m never going to give up and it helped having a great friend in Jeanette Taylor, who has been with me through it all since I became ill”.

Helena now hopes her friends and contacts in the travel industry will be among those supporting the Golf Classic on 20 April. A portion of the proceeds will also go to the Robbie Smart Fund in memory of one of her colleagues, a highly respected figure in the travel trade, who died suddenly in November aged 44. Robbie was recently honoured with the first ‘On the Road Hero’ award at the Irish Travel Industry’s 2023 awards.

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